Greatest Story Ever Told, Deal, Mr. Charlie, Black Throated Wind, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Two Souls In Communion, Me And Bobby McGee, Loser, Big Boss Man, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, Looks Like Rain, Casey Jones
Me And My Uncle, Sugaree, Chinatown Shuffle, Playing In The Band, It Hurts Me Too, Brown Eyed Women, El Paso, Brokedown Palace, Sugar Magnolia > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Jam > Uncle John's Band, E: One More Saturday Night
May 2, 2019 Subject:
GREAT SHOW FROM A GRATE RUN
This 7-night stand at the Academy of Music was long overshadowed by the monumental Europe tour and the fact that, until a few years ago, was only available in barely listenable audience recordings. Well, this is a wonderful show from a wonderful run of shows that prove to be a great precursor to the epic Europe tour. The jam between CAUTION and UJB is some of the most beautiful music the band has played and kind of reminds me a little of MOUNTAIN JAM meets ZABRISKIE POINT. There are many other great highlights from this show, including gorgeous versions of LOOKS LIKE RAIN and 2 SOULS played for only the 2nd time.
March 23, 2018 Subject:
on harp with Jer on RR Blues !
on organ with Keith on piano !
as always, as Deadheads, we listened through the noise (cassettes!). and there's some transcendent moments here . especially the jam leading to Uncle John's.
gotta give it a 4 in spite of many flaws, bc Pigpen.
March 22, 2017 Subject:
As nearly always, the SBD is plagued with the problem of having the vocal mics really prominent in the mix, burying the instruments and making the often screechy and squawky yet instrumentally gifted band hard to appreciate. It doesn't seem from what I can hear that this show hits untold heights of wonder, though it's certainly decent.
December 7, 2016 Subject:
Finally we are completing the week
Another thank-you-Charlie. This was, until recently, a crappy-AUD show. The second show of what turned out to be seven at the Academy (better known as the Palladium) in Manhattan. The following night may be the best of the run and this the least, but it has a big, nearly 2hr first set @16 songs - though that's because they spend a few songs in the middle solving equipment problems. Some have suggested they only played sets like this in the 90s, but the 90s always had very slick, professional setup and sound. The second set is also long @nearly 2 hrs. In any 7-day run there's a best show and a least, but this has a couple great ones among several trainwrecks and dead sidings.
First Set. The drums are mixed too loud but you can still hear everyone, though the first two songs don't quite make it. An early Deal runs off the rails a couple times, but they gel for an excellent Mr. Charlie. It was clearly one of Jer's favorites at the time, and the best Pig/Jer song, but it's Billy that swings it perfectly. He's having a great night - as you can hear on China Cat>Rider. In the Rider, Jer, uncharacteristically rides a volume pedal (or maybe just his pot?). The Mexicali is great but things go flat until Loser trainwrecks (albeit mainly on monitor problems). Another wash, Big Boss Man is slop among more tech problems and then monitor buzzing distracts the band for a sloppy Jack Straw. Jer is the first to get it together (and Pig's harp), on Big Railroad. The second-ever Looks Like Rain is already shaping up. The Casey Jones is strong.
Second Set. An average '72 set, with a setlist of typically first-set songs. Playing was played every night of the run, but you want the one from the next night (or the 27th). Brown-Eyed is uptempo and I can dig a mid-set Brokedown, where it doesn't feel like a throwaway; and this has good singing. The most interesting part of the set is Sugar Magnolia>Caution>Uncle John's Band. There was one Caution in '71, then this was the first of '72. They played it 5 times on E72, and then never played another full version. The official release edits out 30 seconds of Caution (@9:18) for no apparent reason. It eventually enters a varied, interesting jam, then starts to go back to Bobby McGee, before swerving into Uncle John's with a rough segue that never completely irons out. The sequence is worth hearing once if it looks good to you on paper.
1st Set: C- 2nd Set: C
Overall = 2½ stars
Mr. Charlie - a Jer favorite
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider - Billy's great and Jer uses a volume pedal
SOURCES: A sudden appearance of a Charlie Miller mastering, and one uploaded since, but the 132726.miller has the meticulous cleanup. An edited version of Sugar Magnolia>Caution>Uncle John's Band is on the "Academy of Music, New York City March 1972" mail-order bonus disc that came with Rockin' the Rhein (the disc also has a Playin' and a Dawk Staw but they're from the next night).
So wonderful to see the bulk of the Brooklyn run coming out, here, on Dave's, etc. I've been looking for this for a long time.
The usual highlights abound - here the big treat is, of course, the Caution > Jam > UJB.
Seriously, that jam just before UJB - 2-3 minutes long - is achingly, poignantly beautiful. Jerry evokes every emotional cell within you, takes you through the landscape of America, through your childhood, through everything. I seriously could listen to the boys do that for an hour, but they were wise to walk away from that jam when they did. I don't get choked up much listening to the GD, but jams like this deserve total reverence - think of the transitions a la 6/24/70 DS > Attics, or 2/18/71 DS > Wharf Rat. I'll put this one up there with those any day.
June 25, 2015 Subject:
A great show
Thank you so much, Charlie! Parts of this show were put onto the hard-to-find bonus disk that came with pre-orders of the "Rockin' The Rhein" set.
That sweet jam at the end of "Caution" is bugging me too (see other review by mklsgl) - there's definitely some Zabriskie Point's "Love Scenes" in there, plus hints of "Attics", "We Bid You Goodnight" and something that sounds a bit like "Fennario" as done by Simon and Garfunkel.
June 22, 2015 Subject:
Last 2 minutes of "Caution": what is that song?
It sounds so familiar, yet I cannot identify it. Does anyone know?
June 21, 2015 Subject:
nice addition to the canon
Thanks for staying on top of things and adding them to the collection Charlie and also doing such a fine job transferring them.
May 13, 2015 Subject:
Fantastic show- thanks for uploading!
May 5, 2015 Subject:
Whoa, where did this come from...All of the sudden we have a sbd of this whole show! Once again, thank you Charlie Miller. Caution>UJB
March 28, 2015 Subject:
Oh yeah, that's the stuff